Video games have expanded and improved greatly since their inception. Graphics are more realistic, gameplay is smoother, and your in-game surroundings are more lifelike. Processors are also a lot faster, and there’s usually very little lag time or glitches. There are more types of games to play and many different ways to play. You can play your favorite video games on your home computer, portable video game system, or on your tablet or smartphone.
One popular form of video games is the open world genre. Open-world games allow players to go on missions and conquests in a virtual world. You may hear them referred to as “free roam” or “sandbox” games. They are popular because they give players a lot of freedom. Players can accept challenges, missions, quests, collect items and other objectives whenever they want to. They can do as little or as much as they want to. They aren’t locked into a set number of objectives or boss battles like linear games tend to have.
Here’s a brief look at some of the best open world games of the past decade and a preview of some upcoming open world games to check out:
Well-known open world games
Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of the 21st century. There are virtually no limits as to what you can create. People have constructed landscapes, statues, and even entire cities. There are some objectives that you can achieve if you want to, but most players spend their time exploring and building.
- L.A. Noire
While this game’s environment isn’t quite as open as other open world games, it’s still a very impressive offering to explore. You can drive around neighborhoods in your choice of dozens of classic cars and apprehend criminals on your way. One of the best detective games that you can play.
- Borderlands 2
If you enjoy classic first-person shooter games with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, then Borderlands 2 is a game you should be playing. There are a lot of fun side quests that you can do in addition to the main missions. Its high-energy gameplay and variety make it one of the more entertaining open-world games around.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
One of the most popular games of 2018 also offers one of the largest open world territories to be explored. It gives game players an honest look and feel of what “roughing it” in the Old West was really like. There are plenty of quests that you can immerse yourself in for hours, days, weeks or months.
Upcoming open world games
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Based on the story by the late fiction author, the sequel takes place a year after the original game. Players can complete missions as they explore the wide open spaces and fend off attacks in a time of crisis. There are plenty of challenges that test the player’s memory and reflexes.
- Far Cry New Dawn
Dedicated followers of this franchise have been waiting to see what happened since the last game’s ending. This game, set almost two decades after Far Cry 5, gives eager games new areas to explore and enjoy. Even if you’re not familiar with this series, it should be another fun open-world game.
This game has suffered a few delays but looks like it should be ready for release this year. It’s an interesting science fiction role-playing game where players can explore a new planet and fend off attacks from monsters. The developers have been working to make co-operative gameplay an important element of this release.
- Dying Light 2
Fans of zombie movies, TV shows, graphic novels or video games have a new alternative with this sequel. Players will have a wide open area to travel in but must be prepared to fight zombies in order to leave the city. Gamers can choose different paths, with different actions and consequences that occur depending on those actions.
These are just some of the many popular and upcoming open-world games to choose from. Many of them are available for home computers or video game systems. Prices vary depending on the product and manufacturer. Open world games has become an exciting way for players to spend their free time. It gives them cities, states or even other planets to explore. They can interact with other game characters and other players. The possibilities of what you can see and do are almost unlimited in some cases. It’s all part of a bigger, better and more enjoyable gaming experience.